SUPPORT services for elderly residents at a Greenock sheltered accommodation complex are as safe as houses thanks to a new partnership between two social landlords.

Tenants at Cloch Housing's Elliott Court facility will now be looked after by staff from River Clyde Homes.

The two Greenock-based organisations have reached an agreement over housing support services for the next two years.

The arrangement also means that the current warden will be transferred.

Jillian Moffat, who chairs the board of RCH, said: "We're thrilled to be working in partnership with Cloch for the continuation of this invaluable service. "River Clyde Homes is the largest sheltered housing provider in the area, managing eight complexes, and has an excellent track record. "Our last care inspection was our best ever, building on years of continuous service improvement."

The Carwood Street complex was built in 1983 and contains 23 properties.

The RCH inspection in 2017 found that sheltered housing tenants expressed 'high levels of satisfaction'.

Andy Thomson, Cloch's housing services manager, said: "It's really pleasing that the Inverclyde HSCP, who manage supported housing contracts in Inverclyde, were able to find a local partner who provides a well-proven, high quality service. "The partnership has made the transition easier for the residents and keeping the warden is a big bonus for them. "We look forward to the next few years working in partnership with River Clyde Homes."

Residents met with staff from both associations for the handover over a morning cuppa.

Jessie Murdoch, who lives at Elliot Court, said: "We're delighted that the service has continued and that we've been able to keep our warden.

"She is someone we can confide in, respects confidentiality and is always willing to help. "We're glad that we have Cloch and RCH working together for the benefit of all residents."